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Sarah Palin Resigns


Sarah Palin has announced not only that she will not seek re-election as Alaska's governor but that she is resigning. Lt. Governor Sean Parnell will be sworn in at the Governor's Picnic in Fairbanks on July 25. Alaskans redeclare their independence.

Let the theories begin: Fresh scandal brewing involving her fast-and-loose approach to state funds? Grandstanding ahead of a run for the Senate and/or White House? FOX's newest talking empty head? Anything, but please don't pin this on David Letterman.

So much for a slow news holiday weekend.

UPDATE: Palin, recently alleged to have forced a public health official out of office for being "out of step on social issues", says she wants to leave the government in order to "affect [sic] positive change" from the outside. "We know we can affect [sic] positive change outside government at this moment in time on another scale and actually make a difference." Politics? For her, it's just a "superficial, wasteful bloodsport." this photo from her Runner's World profile:

All shoed up and nowhere to run.

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  1. The only thing that makes sense is that she has been implicated in some scandal and threatened with exposure unless she resigns. Let's all hope we find out what it is!

    Posted by: peterparker | Jul 3, 2009 4:02:50 PM

  2. Oh god please be forever...

    Posted by: John M | Jul 3, 2009 4:03:46 PM

  3. She's heading for the White House.
    God Save America.

    Posted by: NSFW | Jul 3, 2009 4:08:19 PM

  4. Could it be an extramarital affair? It seems to be going around in the Republican party.

    Maybe she had an affair with Sanford. She's one of the "few women" that Sanford did and did not "cross the sex line" with.

    Posted by: gayalltheway | Jul 3, 2009 4:11:03 PM

  5. WTF? Is she running for something else? This doesn't make any sense. She's an opportunist. This is political suicide if she wants to run for President or senator. What scandal is about to break?

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Jul 3, 2009 4:11:17 PM

  6. @NSFW: Never fear. There is no way she is heading for the White House after this. Resigning during your first term as Governor is NOT a resume builder for the highest office in government.

    There *has* to be some scandal causing this. She is announcing this at the end of the news day on the Friday before July 4th! I do not for one second believe her resignation is voluntary.

    Posted by: peterparker | Jul 3, 2009 4:16:24 PM

  7. Agree with SUGARRHILL. I can't imagine quitting is going to do anything but damage her political image. Wonder if there is a scandal about ready to break ... either that or maybe she's just a quitter. Color me shocked.

    Posted by: robertmalcolm | Jul 3, 2009 4:20:04 PM

  8. Hmmm...for someone who describes herself as a pitbull, this is a pretty wimpy and flippant thing to do! Obviously, she WAS full of hot air when running for VP; thank god she (and JM) did not win the election! Perhaps she should consider doing a reality TV show: "The train wreck that IS Sarah Palin."

    Posted by: Guytano Parks | Jul 3, 2009 4:28:39 PM

  9. Why do any of you care? You hate her. Ignore it and let it go.

    Posted by: BC | Jul 3, 2009 4:28:39 PM

  10. Doubtless she means to say that she wants to "effect" change, not affect it. But we haven't seen much evidence of literacy from her in the past.

    Unless... she means she wants to pretend change! That's it!

    I'm hoping for a really juicy and so-far-undreamed-of scandal being behind her resignation, though.

    Posted by: tominsf | Jul 3, 2009 4:34:51 PM

  11. Bad decision. Who the fuck wants a President that is likely to quit mid-term so they can travel more? She did her self in. So weird.

    Maybe she was dating Sanford.

    Maybe she wants to get out of Alaska before North Korea nukes it.

    Posted by: paul c | Jul 3, 2009 4:35:42 PM

  12. The rumor is a HUGE financial scandal about to break about abuse of a federally guaranteed trust fund for a large amount of $...........FBI............IRS involved


    Andrea Mitchell over at MSNBC says her sources say "...she is tired of national politics and will NOT run for POTUS..."


    Quitters never win

    MSNBC already saying "....would she quite half way through a presidency term?"

    Bye bye backwoods bible thumper palin

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Jul 3, 2009 4:42:39 PM

  13. "I can see SCANDAL from my house"


    It is a sad day when I crack myself up


    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Jul 3, 2009 4:56:31 PM

  14. HEY, BC!...perhaps YOU shouldn't peruse the internet and post inane commets like: "...ignore it and let it go." People post comments for mannny reasons (to vent, to agree, to disagree, to enlighten, to debate, etc...). Why don't YOU ignore it and let it go...buh BYE!

    Posted by: Guytano Parks | Jul 3, 2009 5:07:41 PM

  15. Andy,

    How do you know she wasn't saying "EFFECT positive change," which is correct usage? Unless the error is in a printed statement, the blame lies with the reporter, not her.

    Posted by: Freddy | Jul 3, 2009 5:08:26 PM

  16. Best thing to happen to Alaska since the gold rush or discovering oil! Happy day!

    Posted by: Ultra Dave | Jul 3, 2009 5:15:08 PM

  17. ...YOU BETCHA!!!

    Posted by: Guytano Parks | Jul 3, 2009 5:26:08 PM

  18. Sociopaths never go away

    Posted by: Tropico | Jul 3, 2009 5:43:02 PM

  19. Freddy - Both MSNBC and the NYT quote her as saying 'affect' - the Times then itself says "Sarah Palin said she will leave office before the end of the month, citing a desire to effect change outside of government," so I doubt it's a reporter's mistake.

    But I have no idea if Palin or her people wrote "affect" down anywhere, and I haven't the heart to listen to the speech.

    I'm being slightly anal compulsive here, I know. Sorry.

    Posted by: tominsf | Jul 3, 2009 6:35:55 PM

  20. sounds like someone's about to become a community Organizer. I feel sorry for the people she's gonna help

    Posted by: Jason | Jul 3, 2009 6:43:07 PM

  21. There's nothing cuter than mocking someone's grammar by typing a sentence with a grammatical error. Tool!

    Posted by: Mitch | Jul 3, 2009 8:04:37 PM

  22. More information on “grassroots” supporters gathering across the nation to support Sarah Palin for President in 2012 can be found online at

    Note, the website is in danger of crashing due to the flood of readers and supporters signing up to show their interest in a Palin Candidacy. The GOP establishment had better watch out, Sarah Palin and Ron Paul combined with the power of the internet will remove the stranglehold of GOP special interests and the elites who have brought the party to its knees in defeat in the 2008 elections.

    Posted by: Ron | Jul 3, 2009 9:13:37 PM

  23. Dream on, Ron, dream on. All I hear at the grassroots level is the sound of hoots of laughter at this career-suicide move by the esteemed governor.

    Posted by: Andy | Jul 3, 2009 9:46:49 PM

  24. Ok, no problem

    Posted by: vibaku | Jul 3, 2009 9:57:39 PM

  25. Hmmm

    Mitch has a crush on palin




    Repub consultants that actually got repub presidents elected like Ford, reagan, and Bush sr are all saying


    "put a gun to her own head"

    "its over"

    Oh, and ron paul didn't even win 1 primary\

    ron paul and sarah crazy palin are only putting a scare into cockroaches

    Bye bye now

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Jul 3, 2009 10:12:13 PM

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